Sunday, April 30, 2006


SEQUESTERED IN A REMOTE VILLAGE in southern India, the dancers, teachers and musicians of the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble work to preserve their country's classical dance forms. Theirs is an unusually singled-minded approach, with company members housed in a settlement where a demanding training regimen produces exacting results. The group's precise, feather-light and delicately musical qualities were memorably on view in a performance four years ago. This week Nrityagram returns with "Sacred Space/Margam -- The Path," inspired by the ancient ritual dances of Hindu temples.

-- Sarah Kaufman

At George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Friday at 8 p.m. $21-$42. Call 202-785-9727 or visit


The Netherlands Embassy and the Apartment Zero design store have joined forces to spirit the latest examples of Dutch avant-garde ceramic design from Milan to Washington. On exhibit are rarely seen vases and tableware by Hella Jongerius, Job Smeets, Marcel Wanders and others whose works are in the collections of major museums. The designers are well known for surreal motifs and wittily subversive themes. The marvel this time, in addition to their appearance in Washington, is the execution by the four-century-old Royal Tichelaar Makkum. History never looked as outrageous as the delicately elegant Cells plate from the Biscuit collection, which Smeets decorated with sperm designs.

-- Linda Hales

Apartment Zero, 406 Seventh St. NW. Through May 25. Open Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Call 202-628-4067 or visit

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